Nicole Ari Parker

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 7, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American

Nicole Ari Parker is an American actress and model. She is known for her role on the television series Soul Food. Her parents, Susan and Donald Parker, are both black. She is married to actor Boris Kodjoe, who is of mixed background. The couple has two children.

Nicole has said:

I’m just light-skinned and from Baltimore… My mother’s from North Carolina and she has green eyes and freckles. So, I’m sure there’s a whole lot of white and Native-American mixed-in there. But I’m only claiming African-American, because that’s really what I know.

A picture of Nicole with her father can be seen here. A picture of Nicole with her mother can be seen here.

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96 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    wtf clark you prat,and actually n e body can get that f r e a k i n g “indian card” its not hard.and black is the most exotic thing there is.

  2. clart kent says:

    americans are so stupid.

  3. Samm says:

    And we blacks need to stop with this “indian” b.s. I bet if y’all would take a genetic test there would be NO indian blood found. So stop the b.s. And if you’re so indian, where’s your compensation from the goernment, do you carry a indian card? So blacks, you aint fooling no one. Just beccause your great-great grandmother’s niece cousin’s nephew was “cherokee” doesn’t mean that you are. Blacks are silly when it comes to this, love yourselves, stop the self-hate.

    • Layla says:

      Some blacks have taken the test and the blood is there. Some blacks never had to take the test because they have met or have pictures of their Native American grandparents. So for the blacks who have traced your back and found your Native American ancestry don’t be afraid to claim it. It’s a part of you that’s your right. As for as getting a government from the grant for money that if you did your research instead of just blurting out the first thing that reaches your mouth from the pockets of air in your brain. Actually grants are few and in-between even for 100% Native American’s the money they recieve is minimal and the government even gives some tribes a difficult time recieving benifts because “the white man” won’t acknowledge certain smaller Native American tribes. Perhaps you should spend less time being an ignorant azzwhole judging people and pick up some history books educate yourself so you sound like less of a jack azz.

  4. Samm says:

    Wow. Do we still live in a slave-mentality state of mind? Doesn’t mean that you have green eyes or light skin that you’re mixed, or have dark skin and dark eyes isn’t. Get over yourselves. Nicole is NOT mixed…both parents are BLACK! read the Essence and Jet magazine article that she gave…HER OWN WORDS. Lets not be ignorant people…BLACK COMES IN ALL SHADES, AND FEATURES some african, some european. I can’t believe we’re still having this discussion in the 21th century.

    • lwazikazi says:

      I think her parents are both Coloured like Coloureds here in South Africa, and also like Vanessa Williams’ parents(i read somewhere that they are both Coloured), like Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Michelle Bonet(they are Coloured and their child Zoe Isabella Kravitz is Coloured and many others. People should not just consider the skin tone but should also look at the texture of the hair. Hair of a mixed person is naturally silky and doesn’t need a relaxer to make it silky like our beautiful afro hair. Skin tone doesn’t say much, i’m brown-skinned and i have a cousin who’s lighter than most Coloureds, but everyone can tell that she’s Black by looking at the texture of her hair and parents’ hair, she has an afro as rough as any Black person’s. Let Coloured Americans be, just as you Black Americans always say you proud to be “Black”.

      • Gemini says:

        To Iwazikazi.

        I was with you all the way up until you spoke about hair texture, a person’s texture of hair has very little to do with their genetic makeup. If a person has kinky afro textured hair it is simply because it is genetic, not because they are not mixed. A person can have the worlds kinkiest hair and still be 20 to 40 percent of another race. Silky hair, light skin, bright eyes etc are not indications of more admixture, they are simply phenotypical traits. Dark skinned “black” people are mixed as well.

  5. IIAM says:

    I agree this arguement is old, but let me reply to the slavery comment–CHEERS–I am a product of an interacial mix that happened with some of my great, great ancestors. My birth certificate says African American but my mother is full blooded Cherokee and my father is Black. My complexion is what they call high yellow and many have mistaken me to be of other ethnicity; however, I am proud to embrace my BLACKNESS, however, I do not embrace the African American lable that White society uses to exclude all people of color. In other words, I AM AMERICAN!

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